New York hospital sheds $2.34M of expenses in 2-day cost purge

East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center eliminated an additional $674,000 in salary and contract costs Wednesday, which brings the two-day expense purge to more than $2.34 million, according to Newsday.

On Tuesday, NUMC eliminated nine appointed positions, including its vice president of revenue cycle and its freedom of information officer, in a move expected to save the hospital $1.67 million. NUMC will use the savings to pay for 37 clinical civil service jobs, including nurses and medical technicians.

To shave off more expenses, NUMC President Victor Politi, MD, dismissed two additional highly-paid appointees and will not renew a $250,000 annual contract with a marketing firm or a $5,000-per-month contract with a public relations firm. The contracts were deemed unnecessary costs.

"This is in furtherance of the ongoing work of right-sizing the administration and bureaucracy, eliminating any unnecessary expenses and prioritizing spending on items that directly impact the quality of care for Nassau residents," George Tsunis, board chairman of the Nassau Health Care Corp., which runs NUMC and related facilities, told Newsday.

Dr. Politi eliminated the director of intergovernmental affairs, who was paid $165,000 annually and director of purchasing, who earned $199,000 annually.

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